Cavendish kept at bay in West Flanders

No victory for Mark Cavendish in the 3 Days of West Flanders. It was Germany's Gerald Ciolek who took the final stage by winning the bunch sprint, while Belgium's Kristof Vandewalle (photo) became the final overall winner.

The second stage took the riders from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem over 181.8 km and included some hilly areas in the south of West Flanders and the North of France, which confronted the riders with the Kemmelberg and the Zwarteberg.

However, it all came down to a bunch sprint in the end after the last riders in attack were gobbled up just 3 km from the finish. Ciolek (MTN) impressed by winning the sprint with ease, right ahead of his challengers. France's Adrien Petit came second, Dutchman Bobbie Traksel third.

Kristof Vandewalle, who won the prologue on Friday, retained the lead and is the overall winner. Vandewalle rides for the Belgian Omega Pharma Quick Step team of Tom Boonen and Mark Cavendish. The Manxman was one of the big stars in West Flanders, but didn't manage to take a stage victory home.